Caroline Ballard

Morning Edition Host

Phone: 307-766-2241
Email: cballar2@uwyo.edu

Caroline Ballard came to Wyoming Public Radio in 2014 after earning a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She serves as the station’s Morning Edition host, as well as newsroom editor.

Ballard’s reporting has focused on women, politics and the arts. In 2016, her project Women Run the West, which examined the representation of women in western politics, was selected to be a part of the inaugural NPR Story Lab. Her stories have been featured on programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition, NPR newscasts and APM’s Marketplace.

In 2015, Ballard helped create and launch the Wyoming Public Media podcast HumaNature. She continues to serve as host and producer for the show, which has been featured on more than 100 public radio stations and profiled by outlets like Poynter and HowSound. Her work as lead producer and host on the episode Through the Keyhole  earned a 2018 first place PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc.) for Best Podcast.

In her spare time, Ballard is an active Laramie community member. She teaches step aerobics at the local recreation center and serves as judges’ chair for Distinguished Young Women of Wyoming, a scholarship program. She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and rescue dog.

Ways to Connect

Heather Hansman

In 2016 author and journalist Heather Hansman set out to paddle the Green River from its start in the Wind River Mountains 700 miles to its confluence with the Colorado River in Utah. Her goal was to understand this tributary - who got to use its water and why. Now she is out with a new book called Downriver. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard why she chose the Green River.

Melodie Edwards

Two twin girls set out on a quest to save a species on the brink of extinction. This is the premise of the new children’s novel Akorena and the League of Crows.

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Highway deaths are up this year - more than 60 people have died on Wyoming roadways so far in 2019. This time last year, there were only 27 fatalities.

Senator Mike Enzi (R)
Senator Mike Enzi (R)

Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi announced he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening up one of Wyoming’s three congressional seats. In a piece out in the Casper Star Tribune, politics reporter Nick Reynolds takes a deep dive into the news and what it could mean for Wyoming. He joiend Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to talk about Enzi's seat.

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Award-winning columnist and author Dave Barry will give a talk April 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union Ballroom as part of the UW Libraries Development Board's annual author event. He joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard for a conversation about his career and his new book Lessons From Lucy.

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Author and journalist Ron Franscell is out with a new book. It tells the story of a Wyoming couple who committed several murders in the 1970s and 80s to get their own "happily ever after," and how they were finally brought to justice after several decades. Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard spoke with Franscell about his book Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story, and he told her he became interested in the story after hearing about their arrests in the news a few years ago.

WYDOT

WYDOT is working to reopen portions of Interstate 80 and Interstate 25 following this week’s massive snowstorm.

Matt Murphy is with WYDOT District 1 in Southeast Wyoming. He says his department’s main priority is clearing snow drifts on I-80, some reaching as high as 10 feet. And the wind complicates things.   

“It looks like the high wind is supposed to continue for most of the day today. And that’s going to just kind of prolong the drifts and contribute to poor visibility especially in our wind-prone areas,” said Murphy.

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Wyoming native and author Lillian Clark is out with her new Young Adult novel Immoral Code. It tells the story of five teens trying to pull off an elaborate heist, stealing thousands of dollars from one of their absent fathers to pay for college tuition. She talked to Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard about how one inspiration for the book came from the 1999 movie “Office Space.”

Wyoming State Legislature

The Wyoming legislative session has technically adjourned, though there are still some loose ends to wrap up. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck joined Morning Edition host Caroline Ballard to discuss Medicaid, tax measures, and what could carry into the interim session.

Melodie Edwards, Allie Gross

Allie Gross of the Jackson Hole News and Guide and Melodie Edwards of Wyoming Public Radio collaborated on a story about worker's compensation for undocumented immigrants. They joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to discuss why they decided to co-produce this story.

Lynn Hutchings

The Wyoming legislature is moving into its final three weeks. Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard checked in with Bob Beck about the latest news, including budget discussions and controversial remarks made by Senator Lynn Hutchings.

Pedigree Stage Stop Race

The Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Jackson is the biggest dog sled race in the lower 48 states. This year, for the first time ever, women took the event's top three spots.

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The American Lung Association's new State of Tobacco Control report gave Wyoming failing grades for its tobacco policies. Among the criteria was funding for prevention programs, smoke-free workplace laws, tobacco tax rates, services to help quit and the minimum age to buy tobacco. In Wyoming the minimum is 18.

WYDOT

A crash on Interstate 80 Wednesday morning has left westbound lanes closed between Rawlins and Laramie. US 30 north of Laramie and westbound lanes of I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne were also closed to help with truck traffic and congestion.

Caroline Ballard

The population in Tie Siding, Wyoming is technically zero - it's basically just a post office that serves homes and ranches in this part of southeast Wyoming. Even though the population is tiny, there is not one but two popular mystery writers living there. And they're married to each other.

Wyoming State Legislature

The Wyoming legislative session gets underway today. Wyoming Public Radio news director Bob Beck - who has covered lawmakers since 1985 - joined Morning Edition host Caroline Ballard to discuss what might happen this year.

Wyoming House for Historic Women

In 2019, Wyoming will mark 150 years of women’s suffrage in the state – half a century before the U.S. ratified the 19th amendment. To honor the occasion, the Wyoming Office of Tourism has announced a new campaign called the “Year of Wyoming Women.”

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With busy schedules, extra visitors and new toys, the holidays can introduce new hazards into an environment. According to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center, accidental poisonings increase over the holidays. 

WYDOT

A stretch of Interstate 80 that frequently sees hazardous winter driving conditions and crashes will be getting improvements aimed at reducing those incidents. 

Melodie Edwards

This week Wyoming Public Media engaged in a bit of an experiment. Reporters Tennessee Watson and Melodie Edwards set up a pop-up newsroom at the third annual Wyoming Conference for Violence Prevention and Response hosted in Riverton. They joined Caroline Ballard for a conversation about the newsroom and its goals.

Michael Weintrob

Violinist Tim Fain’s work has ranged from the traditional to the cutting edge – using screens, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence in his musical creations. He joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to discuss his music.

Tim Fain will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony at the John F. Welsh Auditorium in Casper Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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Wyoming is known for having one of the largest gender wage gaps in the country, but a comprehensive look at what men and women actually earn in the state hadn't been done in years. So in 2017, state representatives Marti Halverson and Cathy Connolly teamed up to propose a study to better understand what was really going on. The study was conducted by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, and was released to the public and presented to legislators in early October. Now, lawmakers will have to decide what to do with the information.

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